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Old 02-13-2004, 02:29 PM   #1
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America is going downhill again...gotta love this...
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Barbie and Ken 'Split' After 43 Years
Barbie and Ken 'Splitting' After 43-Year Romance, Mattel Says Couple Will 'Remain Friends'

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NEW YORK Feb. 12 Just like J.Lo and Ben, the romance is over for Barbie and Ken. After 43 years as one of the world'* prettiest pairs, the perfect plastic couple is breaking up. The couple'* "business manager," Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, said that Barbie and Ken "feel it'* time to spend some quality time apart."
"Like other celebrity couples, their Hollywood romance has come to an end," said Arons, who quickly added that the duo "will remain friends."

Truth be told, the announcement was prompted by the fact that Mattel is releasing the Cali (as in California) Girl Barbie, arriving in stores now. Ken will still be in the picture only now he'* "just a friend," Mattel claims.

Whatever. The important news is that to better reflect her single status, Cali Barbie will wear board shorts and a bikini top, metal hoop earrings, and have a deeper tan.

This new style already has attracted a new admirer, Blaine the Australian boogie boarder.

Barbie the most popular fashion doll in the world, according to Mattel met Ken on the set of a TV commercial in 1961, and they have been inseparable ever since.

Arons hinted Wednesday that the separation may be partially due to Ken'* reluctance to getting married. All those bridal Barbie dolls in toy chests around the globe are really just examples of Barbie'* wishful thinking, she explained.

Another possible factor is Barbie'* career. The doll who was "born" Barbie Millicent Roberts in 1959 has been everything from a rock star to military medic, and she'* currently marketed in more than 150 countries. According to Mattel, every second, three Barbie dolls are sold somewhere in the world.

So where does that leave Ken? Said Arons: "He will head for other waves."


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I saw that on two major news websites yesterday and today...
Hmmmmmm.....the fact that they're actually running the story
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ITS A BUNCH OF FRIGGIN DOLLS!!!!!

*cough* sorry that just slipped out...
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Ahh, and here I thought it would last....
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ITS A BUNCH OF FRIGGIN DOLLS!!!!!

*cough* sorry that just slipped out...
That was MY first reaction

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First Ben and Jen split...and now this...I've lost my faith in romance.....
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First Ben and Jen split...and now this...I've lost my faith in romance.....
I know, and right before Valentine'* Day!!! (yeah, I'm with you all on the "they're just dolls" thing).
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Oh don't even get me started on this....
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This is almost as bad as when Mickey and Minnie Mouse got divorced a couple years back.
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